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Microsoft says complies with law in China amid probe – Economic Times


Economic Times

Microsoft says complies with law in China amid probe
Economic Times
SHANGHAI: Microsoft said Wednesday it seeks to comply with Chinese law, after Beijing announced an anti-monopoly investigation of the US technology giant over its business practices. "Microsoft complies with the laws and regulations of every market in …
Chinese Government Raids Microsoft Offices in Four CitiesWall Street Journal (blog)
China Probes MicrosoftBernama
China Investigating Microsoft for 'Monopolistic Behavior'New York Times
Irish Independent -New Zealand Herald -Register
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:34 am

Apple refreshes Macbook Pro line-up with faster Intel Haswell processors, more … – Firstpost


Firstpost

Apple refreshes Macbook Pro line-up with faster Intel Haswell processors, more
Firstpost
Apple has released a new range of MacBook Pro laptops that sport the high-resolution Retina display, with faster processors and higher memory for a starting price of $1,299 that translates to approximately Rs 78,100. With the new updated series, Apple has …
Apple updates MacBook Pro laptops with Retina Display, cuts price of older IBNLive
Apple's MacBook Pro with the best ever Retina Display has arrivedIndia.com
Apple Gives Its Retina MacBook Pros a Back-to-School Spec BoostWired
The Australian -CNET -USA TODAY
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:15 am

OkCupid playing fast and loose with love – The Durango Herald


New York Daily News

OkCupid playing fast and loose with love
The Durango Herald
The site was unapologetic about the experiments, despite controversy over Facebook's study to test if it could manipulate users' emotions. “OkCupid doesn't really know what it's doing,” wrote OkCupid President Christian Rudder in a blog post Monday.
OKCupid Joins Facebook in an Admission That It Manipulated UsersSavingAdvice.com
OkCupid experiment may violate FTC rules on deceptive practicesReuters
Dating site OkCupid admits to 'twisting' love dataBusiness Standard
Michronicleonline -Irish Independent
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:03 am

Twitter assuages growth concerns for now as shares soar 35 percent – Reuters


MiamiHerald.com

Twitter assuages growth concerns for now as shares soar 35 percent
Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had …
Twitter finds love, but doubts remainFinancial Times
Can Twitter hold on to the solid growth in users?CNBC
Twitter Stock Surges as CEO Costolo Makes Case for GrowthBusinessweek
ABC News -Hindu Business Line -USA TODAY
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:26 am

iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls – PCWorld


Computerworld Australia

iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls
PCWorld
An open-source project has released the first free application for the iPhone that scrambles voice calls, which would thwart government surveillance or eavesdropping by hackers. Signal comes from Open Whisper Systems, which developed RedPhone and …
Keep your iPhone calls private, whispers SignalRegister
Your iPhone Can Finally Make Free, Encrypted CallsWired
Encrypt Calls On Your iPhoneForbes
TechCrunch -The Verge
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:59 am

Facebook to cut messaging from main mobile app in bid to push Messenger – Digital Trends


CNN

Facebook to cut messaging from main mobile app in bid to push Messenger
Digital Trends
Facebook's standalone Messenger app for iOS and Android has been available for some time now, though users have also long been able to send instant messages to their Facebook friends from within the main Facebook mobile app. That, however, is all set …
Facebook Forced Messenger App Infuriates UsersViral Global News
Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile ChatTechCrunch
Facebook: Get Messenger or elseKXLY Spokane
WCPO
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:47 am

Research reveals sea turtle hatchlings use sound – South Dade News Leader


USA TODAY

Research reveals sea turtle hatchlings use sound
South Dade News Leader
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Scientists have long assumed that sea turtles emerge from their nests in silence, but a new study says that baby sea turtles can in fact make noise—and this communication is key to a successful hatching process. According to …
Endangered sea turtle hatchlings head to Gulf (w/gallery)Victoria Advocate
Loggerhead sea turtles released from Wabasso BeachExaminer.com
Hatching Sea Turtles Video Illustrates Success of Conservation EffortsGuardian Liberty Voice

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:43 am

Lawmakers, FCC chairman urge arbitration over Dodgers channel – Los Angeles Times


Yahoo Canada Sports

Lawmakers, FCC chairman urge arbitration over Dodgers channel
Los Angeles Times
Among the issues the arbitrator might have to weigh in on are the price for SportsNet LA and whether the channel should be mandatory to all subscribers. Above, at Time Warner Cable Sports Networks in El Segundo, where the channel is produced.
FCC Chairman not happy about Dodgers TV situationFOXSports.com
Dodgers' Kasten Supports Call For Arbitrator To End Cable BlackoutCBS Local
DirecTV Swings Back at TWC in Dodgers Showdown, Blasts TWC's 'Excess'TheWrap
GlobalPost -OCRegister
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:28 am

Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record – Los Angeles Times


Reuters

Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record
Los Angeles Times
This view from NASA's Mars rover Opportunity shows Lunokhod 2 Crater, which the mission team named earlier this year as it approached the off-world driving record. Lunokhod 2 Crater lies south of Solander Point on the west rim of Endeavour Crater.
Martian marathonPittsburgh Post Gazette
Opportunity Mars Rover Sets Off-Earth Distance RecordPC Magazine
Mars Rover Opportunity sets new distance record, still finding weird picsChron.com
Reuters -VentureBeat -NBCNews.com
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:09 am

BlackBerry acquires anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart as it focuses on security – Montreal Gazette


Reuters India

BlackBerry acquires anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart as it focuses on security
Montreal Gazette
BlackBerry is bulking up its security assets with the acquisition of anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart, which developed technology to protect the smartphones of German government officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Waterloo, Ont.-based …
To make mobile communications more secure, BlackBerry buys German anti IBNLive
BlackBerry CEO John Chen unsure if company can be iconic againEconomic Times
Blackberry to buy anti-eavesdropping firm SecusmartHindu Business Line
Wall Street Journal (blog) -PCWorld
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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 3:33 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Twitter assuages growth concerns for now as shares soar 35 pct

Twitter logo is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked. Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of growth, surpassed targets for virtually every metric Wall Street scrutinizes. Before Tuesday's after-hours surge, Twitter had lost about 40 percent of its market value since the start of 2014. "The expectations going in had become quite low," said Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:45 pm

Facebook to shut down Gifts service in latest e-commerce shift

A portrait of the Facebook logo in VenturaBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will shut its 2-year-old Gifts shop on Aug. 12, as the world's largest social network tests other ways to let consumers buy products on its website. "We'll be using everything we learned from Gifts to explore new ways to help businesses and developers drive sales on the web, on mobile, and directly on Facebook," the company said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. Facebook Gifts opened in 2012 as a way for users to buy gifts such as socks and teddy bears.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:27 pm

Amazon says lower ebook prices benefit authors, publishers

A zoomed image of a computer screen showing the Amazon logo is seen in Vienna(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc, locked in a war with publisher Hachette Book Group over ebook prices, said its push for lower prices was good for authors, publishers and booksellers. Upset over its ebook prices, Amazon has delayed deliveries and cut discounts on some books published by Hachette, the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher, owned by France's Lagardere. In a blog post on the Amazon site authored by the "Amazon Books team", the ecommerce giant said e-books were very price sensitive. Amazon claims that pricing an e-book at $14.99 or $19.99 is too expensive and unjustifiable in most cases.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:30 pm

Applied Micro ships microserver chips in challenge to Intel

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Applied Micro Circuits has begun shipping a new kind of low-power server chip that might challenge heavyweight Intel in cutting-edge data centers. The Sunnyvale, California, company disappointed Wall Street on Tuesday with first fiscal quarter revenue and second-quarter revenue outlook that missed expectations due to a declining legacy business, sending its shares 4 percent lower after hours. In the quarter that ended in June, Applied Micro Circuits recognized its first revenue from the chips – about a $1 million – and the company said it expects “meaningful” revenue from the chips in the quarters ending in December and March as shipments build.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 12:40 am

BlackBerry buffs up security credentials with Secusmart deal

Secusmart managing director Quelle displays an encrypted smart phone with the new application "Secure Call" in HanoverBy Euan Rocha NEW YORK (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd is buying a privately held German firm that specializes in voice and data encryption, it said on Tuesday, in a bid to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government ‎agencies. The acquisition is the latest by the smartphone pioneer to build on niche areas in an attempt to reinvent itself under new Chief Executive John Chen and recover ground ceded to Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co's Galaxy devices. "It is a really reassuring sign that BlackBerry is now less focused on firefighting and more focused on identifying and building for the long-term into enterprise services," said CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber. Still, BlackBerry shares fell 4 percent to $9.54 on Nasdaq and C$10.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:13 pm

China regulator announces anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft

A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese regulator is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp MSFT.O over its Windows operating system, in the latest of a growing number of competition probes that have unnerved Western firms in China. China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) is also investigating a Microsoft vice president and senior managers, and has made copies of the firm's financial statements and contracts, the agency said on its website on Tuesday. It said Microsoft, which has struggled to make inroads in China due to rampant piracy, has not fully disclosed information about Windows and its Office software suite. Microsoft is one of the biggest U.S. companies to fall under the eye of Chinese regulators as they ramp up their oversight in an apparent attempt to protect local companies and customers.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 8:48 pm

Indian online retailer Flipkart raises $1 billion

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India’s largest online e-commerce company, Flipkart, raised $1 billion in new capital this week as the company gears up for competition with Amazon’s push into the Indian market.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:20 am

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on immigration was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications July 24-28. It is based on online interviews of 1,044 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:16 am

Making an indie game for Xbox One costs just over $5,000

Making an indie game for Xbox One costs just over $5,000

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:21 am

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:10 am